Job description :
Purpose of the Role :
Lead and manage the mechanical maintenance team at wet plant, including milling- and cycloning, to ensure optimum plant availability and performance.
Provide innovative engineering solutions and develop strategies for plant optimization.
Key area : Promote safe, healthy and fair work environment
Develop and continually improve standard safe working procedures and actively participate in HSE initiatives;
Carry out formal workplace inspections on a routine basis;
Ensure employees work in compliance with H&S (e.g. isolation, lock out and tag out), quality and environmental standards and procedures; and
Enforce housekeeping standards in all designated work areas.
Key area : Establish steady state performance of wet plant maintenance functions
Train and develop the local Panamanian workforce to global benchmark standards;
Assistance to hiring of key technical staff to train team to cope world class milling plant;
Ensure that maintenance plans are created and implemented;
Ensure sufficient spare and wear part levels at optimum level for the maintenance budget;
To create and implement SOP’s;
Manage and coordinate daily corrective actions; and
Develop long term preventative and predictive maintenance practices.
Key area : Execute mechanical maintenance plan to meet established targets
Work with managers and superintendents (Planning, Engineering & Plant) to ensure that wet plant equipment of a metallurgical process plant operates according to Standard Operating Procedures (and that all machinery / equipment is maintained according to supplier recommendation and industry best practices) within determined budgets and meet demand;
Ensure that all wet plant preventive and predictive maintenance plans are in accordance with the needs of the operation that activities are planned and scheduled via a computerized maintenance management system;
Ensure that economical spares inventories are established and maintained. Actively seek alternative suppliers to meet quality and cost targets;
Provide input to shutdown planning in coordination with Planner(s) so that plant availability is maximized and contractor resources is minimized.
Systematically develop methods, materials, tools and parts so downtime is minimal;
Provide technical support for the mechanical maintenance personnel on a daily basis to maximize production and efficiencies and optimize costs;
Report on maintenance activities and performance indicators; and
Manage budget for PM, upgrades (installation of new equipment) and plant parts inventory.
Key area : Collaborate with E&M and Reliability teams and related functions to optimize efficiencies
Evaluate plant performance to identify and initiate reliability and plant optimization opportunities; and
Review plant design for debottlenecking and efficiency / operability improvement and provide financial justification for related capital projects.
Key area : Provide leadership to the team
Manage a team responsible wet plant mechanical maintenance activity;
Ensure that shifts are appropriately staffed. Participate in the interviewing, hiring, training and development in an effort to retain and develop the best talent for the organization;
Provide clear work objectives and expectations of the performance levels required to achieve business plans and production goals.
Manage performance by setting expectations, conducting performance reviews, and providing feedback and coaching;
Work with Human Resources and E&M management to identify training opportunities that provide depth and versatility for all new and advancing maintenance employees with particular focus on local Panamanian staff.
Determine training and development needs, develop plans and establish performance metrics to meet those needs, and provide ongoing assessment tools to ensure desired results are being achieved; and
Promote a positive employee environment ensuring a continuation of the solid working relationship with all employees.
Act as deputy for senior colleagues as required
Mechanical Engineer Degree; and / or
Related Trade Certificate to Heavy Fixed Plant Equipment
E xperience :
Worked in mining or heavy industry;
Experience with alrge Semi-Autogenous Grinding Mill circuits;
Minimum of 8-10 years’ experience in a maintenance role; 5 years of which should be in Senior Supervisory capacity;
Knowledge of JD Edwards or other enterprise systems;
Strong user of maintenance management systems and overall MS Office is an advantage;
Plant specific experience on large SAG, ball mills and mill pumping systems; and
Spanish language is an advantage.
Behavioural Traits :
Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
Team player and results orientated;
Highly motivated & driven;
Methodological and organized;
Relate and communicate to people on all levels; and
Good Problem Solving ability & Patient attitude.